There is NO known effective psychotherapeutic treatment of extreme
psychosis. Medication is the ONLY treatment (along with no treatment of
Even in the realm of psychoneurosis, claims far outway results.
You're absolutely right, however, concerning the correlation between
frequent diagnosis and what's popular at the moment. e.g., Attentiion
Deficit Disorder, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, etc. Even scientists are
blinded by social expectation (zeitgeist).
In the 1990's science is certainly suspect. I see "studies" on the
beneficial effects of grape juice, initiated and sponsored by Welch's Grape
Juice, and then see these supposedly unequivocable results broadcast loudly
over all TV stations as though it were irrefutable fact. What a bunch of
>Ton Maas wrote in message ...
>True, but in actual practice there are tons of other considerations. A
>diagnosis like "acute psychosis" is much more popular these days than
>"schizophrenia" - also because pharmacological treatment is favored over
>therapy based on communicative notions like double binds. It's not that
>those notions have been proven wrong; it's just that the therapeutic
>consequences were considered too expensive, especially since
>pharmacological innovation has delivered drugs that will eliminate some of
>the symptoms quicker and cheaper.